When a Couple Separates.

Divorce: legal aspects and consequences

Ministère de la Justice

If you have separated from your spouse, only divorce can bring your marriage to a definitive end. Divorce is granted following the final breakdown of a marriage. You can file for divorce if  
  • you and your spouse have lived apart for at least one year immediately preceding the judgment of divorce and were living separate and apart at the commencement of the proceeding;
  • your spouse has committed adultery;
  • your spouse has treated you with physical or mental cruelty of such a kind as to make continued cohabitation intolerable.

If you and your spouse agree on all aspects of your separation, you can prepare a joint application for divorce based on an agreement between you. If you have dependent children, you can take advantage of free mediation sessions. However, if you and your spouse cannot agree on some points, you must consult a lawyer. 

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